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Colossians 1:1-3 NIV

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

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2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sistersa in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.b

References for Colossians 1:2

    • a 1:2 - The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 4:15.
    • b 1:2 - Some manuscripts "Father and the Lord Jesus Christ"

      Thanksgiving and Prayer

      3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

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      • a 1:2 - The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 4:15.
      • b 1:2 - Some manuscripts "Father and the Lord Jesus Christ"
      • c 1:7 - Or "slave"
      • d 1:7 - Some manuscripts "your"
      • e 1:9 - Or "all spiritual wisdom and understanding"
      • f 1:12 - {#dedup}Some manuscripts "us" {/dedup}
      • g 1:21 - Or "minds, as shown by"